Provencal Tomato Rice Soup Recipe

    30 mins

Both dried and fresh Provencal herbs enhance tangy tomatoes in this vividly flavored soup. Rice cooked directly in the vegetable broth gives off just enough starchiness to thicken the consistency. Serve this first course with an medium-acid red wine.

What You'll Need

  • 3 tablespoons olive oil
  • 2 onions, chopped
  • 1 carrot, diced
  • 1 rib celery, chopped
  • 3 cloves garlic, pressed
  • 2 teaspoons orange zest
  • ½ teaspoon dried thyme
  • ½ teaspoon fennel seeds, crushed
  • 2 tablespoons tomato paste
  • 3 cups water
  • 1 28oz can petite-diced tomatoes
  • 1 ½ cups chicken or vegetable stock
  • ½ teaspoon salt
  • ¼ teaspoon black pepper
  • 1 teaspoon granulated sugar
  • ¼ cup white rice
  • 1 tablespoon fresh parsley, chopped
  • 2 tablespoons fresh basil, chopped

How to Make It

In a large saucepan over medium heat, sauté onions, carrot, celery, garlic, orange zest, thyme, and fennel seed for 5 minutes, until the vegetables start to become tender. Add tomato paste and water, whisking until the tomato paste is fully incorporated. Stir in canned tomatoes, chicken or vegetable stock, salt, pepper, sugar, and rice. Simmer for 15-20 minutes, until rice is tender. Stir in parsley and basil and serve hot.

Makes 8 servings.